Rich picked up two points on one goal and one assist in Saturday's 16-5 loss against Lehigh at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.
The Liberty Lady Flames lacrosse squad fell to Lehigh on Saturday at the Liberty Lacrosse Field by the final score of 16-5.
With the loss Liberty falls to 1-6, dropping its fourth consecutive matchup. The Mountain Hawks improve to 4-1 having won their fourth straight.
Lehigh wasted no time in jumping out ahead of the Lady Flames. With five minutes expired, Jane Henderson netted her first goal of the season to give the Mountain Hawks the early 1-0 advantage. Henderson's goal sparked an 11-0 run during a 23-minute span, including another strike from Henderson.
The Lady Flames jumped on the board with 46 seconds remaining in the first half when Kayla Foster notched her eighth goal of the season. Foster won a ground ball in the open field and then took advantage of a one-on-one opportunity with Lehigh's Taylor Tvedt, connecting for Liberty's first goal.
Senior captain Kallie Britton started Liberty off on a positive note to begin the second frame, notching her 12th goal of the season in the second minute of the second half. Britton's goal cut the deficit to single digits.
Lehigh would not allow the Lady Flames to get any closer as the Mountain Hawks rebounded with four unanswered goals over a span of 13 minutes. Two of Lehigh's four goals came from Courtney Henig.
Liberty bounced back with a 3-0 run of their own to cut the deficit to 15-5. Callie Francis began the spurt following her eighth goal of the season. Francis received the pass from Michaela Rich and then buried a shot over the right shoulder of Tvedt.
Rich then netted a goal of her own to cut the lead to 15-4, her seventh goal of the season. Britton ended Liberty's run after a Foster pass set the Kansas native up for her second goal of the contest and final Liberty goal of regulation.
Lehigh's Haley Wentzel buried her second goal of the contest with 46 seconds left to give the Mountain Hawks the 16-5 victory in the Hill City.
Lehigh outshot Liberty 28-9 and also had a ground ball advantage of 19-14. The Mountain Hawks were also successful in winning 12 draw controls to the Lady Flames' 10.
The Lady Flames return to action on March 23 when they host George Mason at 4 p.m. at the Liberty Lacrosse Field.